2013 is the Year of YA Novels Adapted for the Big Screen: Beautiful Creatures, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire…Thursday, August 9th, 2012
We’ve noticed a pattern emerging from all the news that has been filtered through the twitterverse over the last couple of months and that is that the 2013 movie season is all about the young adult books that you and your kids have come to love.
If you troll IMDB, than you will see listings for such projects* as:
- Wicked Lovely – YA Fae
- Shiver – YA Were
- Fallen – YA Angel
- Untitled Vampire Academy Project – YA Vampire
- Untitled House of Night Project – YA Vampire
These projects would never have been thought of if it were not for J.K. Rowling and Stephanie Meyer. These authors allowed Hollywood to tap into a vein of literary gold. Now, Hollywood cannot get enough of the stuff and all we have to do is wait for the right screenwriter, actors and director that can give the audience the same experience that fans of the books had.
Because of the recent success of the Hunger Games, whose second installment will be released in 2013, two YA titles have been pushed onto the fast track and are in full-fledged production mode. The two projects are Beautiful Creatures and The Mortal Instruments.
If you do not know these titles, here is a bit of info on both:
Beautiful Creatures (February 13, 2013)
- Lena: Alice Englert
- Ethan: Alden Ehrenreich
- Amma: Viola Davis
- Macon: Jeremy Irons
- Mrs. Lincoln: Emma Thompson
- Ridley: Emmy Rossum
Director: Richard LaGravenes
Writers: Richard LaGravenes, Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she’s struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.
Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town’s oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.
In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (August 23, 2013)
- Jocelyn Fray: Lena Headey
- Clary Fray: Lily Collins
- Alec Lightwood: Kevin Zegers
- Jace Wayland: Jamie Campbell Bower
- Valentine: Jonthan Rhys Meyers
Director: Harald Zwart
Writers: Cassandra Clare (based on the novel by), I. Marlene King (screenplay)
When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder—much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing—not even a smear of blood—to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?
This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know.
These movies, coupled with The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and the Hobbit, it seems that literature for the kids will be aimed at those who will be suffering from Twilight-withdrawl and to those who are young at heart.
Will you be watching any of the movies listed?